Zayn Malik Talks One Direction Exit in Beats 1 Interview: 'I Always Kind of Wanted to Go'

Miller Mobley
Zayn Malik photographed on Nov. 30, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Zayn Malik will join Zane Low on Beats 1 Thursday morning for his first broadcast interview since leaving One Direction, discussing the band he left behind and sharing brand new music. 

Zayn Malik Says One Direction Reunion Could Happen 'If Time Was Right'

The full interview will be broadcast at 9 a.m. PST on Beats 1 and in video Apple Music. In advance, Lowe teased clips on Wednesday (Jan. 27) on the streaming radio station and in video. 

"No one quite knows what to expect because what's been established already may not necessarily paint the picture for the future," said Lowe on Wednesday's broadcast. 

Zayn Malik Says One Direction Reunion Could Happen 'If Time Was Right'

In the interview, Malik says, "I think I always kind of wanted to go. From like the first year really, I never really wanted to be there in the band. I just gave it a go because it was there at the time and then when I realized the direction we were going in with the music, I instantly realized it wasn't for me because I realized I couldn't put any input in; I couldn't give my opinion on this or that because it didn't fit the grain of what we were as a band or what we represented. So that's when it became frustrating for me, that's when I had to be like, I've got to start thinking about myself."

He also says he felt his bandmates always knew he had these feelings and interest in creating another type of music, and when it came time that he did quit the group no one tried to talk him out of it. 

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